BIG SCREEN DEBUT

The cast of demons never die - co-producer Jo Podmore, from Blackpool, front row third from left (blonde hair)

The cast of demons never die - co-producer Jo Podmore, from Blackpool, front row third from left (blonde hair)

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BLACKPOOL girl Jo Podmore is hoping she won’t have to hide behind the sofa when the box office figures are released for her first big film.

And horror fans on the Fylde coast can this week check out her offering Demons Never Die – which was released on Friday and currently showing at The Odeon, Blackpool.

The stylish teen slasher – which features an appearance by X Factor judge Tulisa Constostavlos – follows eight London students with one deadly secret, they have all made a pact to end their lives together.

The youngsters, including misfit Archie (Robert Sheehan), model Samantha (Emma Rigby), wide-boy Kenny (Jason Maza) and star pupil Ashleigh (Shanika Warren-Markland), are battling their own private demons, from an eating disorder to lost parents. But as a much deadlier assailant hunts them down one-by-one, their quest for death becomes a desperate fight for their lives.

Demons Never Die was produced by Jo, and co-producer Rhian Williams, who own distribution company Exile Media.

This is their first large scale release, with more in the pipeline for next year, including The Knot with Mena Suvari.

Jo, who grew up on Grange Park and went to Collegiate School, said: “I think the film will appeal to people between 15 and 30. It’s a teen film and it’s definitely aimed at the UK screen.

“It is a horror, but it’s not too horrifying, it’s not really gory. But still scary.

“It’s got a real dark humour. The soundtrack is massive, it features Chase and Status and Jessie J. It’s got a glossy, cool feel.

“The cast are great. Tulisa is fantastic and of course has become really well-known since she become a judge on X Factor. The other faces people will know too.

“And working with Idris Elba, as executive producer, who was in The Wire and Luther, was just brilliant, be brings so much.”

Jo, who now lives in Fulham, tries to get back to Blackpool whenever she can to visit family.

“I’m back every couple of weeks to see my parents and friends. I do like coming back home.

“This film is my first real big release, so I’m hoping lots of people in Blackpool will come and watch.

“It was a really exciting project. I really enjoyed it and hope people will enjoy the film.”